Direct investment in the extractive industries: citizen empowerment for better governance and accountability

Empowering citizens to hold public and private sector actors to account in decisions concerning direct investment in the extractive industries ). Through our network of partners in oil-producing and mining regions of the world, we are promoting exchange of knowledge and skills to stimulate dialogue between stakeholders in extractive industries projects.

The overall goal of this project is to empower citizens to hold public and private sector actors to account in decisions concerning direct investment in the extractive industries (oil, gas and mining). Through our network of partners in oil-producing and mining regions of the world, we are promoting exchange of knowledge and skills to stimulate meaningful dialogue between stakeholders in extractive industries projects.

We focus on six key areas for knowledge and skills sharing: 1) legal tools for citizen empowerment; 2) economic analysis tools; 3) company-led approaches; 4) communication and advocacy tools; 5) monitoring and evaluation; and 6) capacity building techniques.

In February 2009 we held a workshop on ‘oil and gas contracts and citizen advocacy’ in Accra, Ghana, with participation of local government, industry and civil society, and with partners from Azerbaijan, Uganda and Nigeria. The programme and presentations from that workshop are now available (see ‘links’ page).

In April 2009 we will hold a workshop on ‘strengthening accountability in oil and gas contracts’ in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

We maintain links with other similar initiatives and seek to foster synergies (see ‘links’ page).

For more information contact Emma Wilson: emma.wilson@iied.org
 

Related IIED projects

Legal tools for citizen empowerment

Grievance and redress mechanisms: company-led approaches to addressing community concerns

Related links

LSE community-company engagement project

Oxfam America

Revenue Watch

Publications

Taking control: how citizens can hold industry to account
Emma Wilson, Christophe Schwarte, Lorenzo Cotula, Ben Garside and Linda Siegele. IIED Briefing Paper, Jan 2009

Building public trust: transnationals in the community
Christoph Schwarte and Emma Wilson. IIED Briefing Paper, Jan 2009

Sustainable Markets Investment Briefings
Series of briefings discussing the sustainable development issues raised by legal arrangements for the protection of foreign investment.

Workshops

On 5-6 February 2009, the Centre for Public Interest Law (CEPIL) and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) organised a multi-stakeholder workshop on 'Oil and gas contracts and citizen advocacy' in Accra, Ghana.

On 8-9 April 2009, Kazakhstan Revenue Watch, IIED and FIELD organised a workshop in Almaty, Kazakhstan, entitled The Rules of the Game: Strengthening accountability in extractive industry contracts. This was a training workshop for civil society organisations for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Mongolia. The presentations can be found in Russian and English on the Kazakhstan Revenue Watch website at: http://www.krw.kz/

Donors

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Partners


Centre for Public Interest Law (Ghana)

Public Finance Monitoring Centre (Azerbaijan)

Kazakhstan Revenue Watch (Kazakhstan)

Social Action (Nigeria)

 

Contact

Emma Wilson